Though this Tolland, CT pond view is lovely on its own at midday, I decided to alter color and value elements in my painting to convey a different mood via a sunrise.
First yellow, then a cool pink, and lots of cool blue are painted dry-on-wet to suggest sky and reflections in the pond.
A fan brush loaded with a mix of dark brown, dark blue, and Prussian – not black – helps indicate the bare tree-top branches, and then a flat brush connects them as a solid mass with the water’s edge. Once the flat brush loses most of its pigment, tree color is pulled into the water to suggest reflections.
Another cool dark layer is added to the distant trees, while a warm dark in the foreground vegetation contrasts.
Foreground trees are finally painted wet- and dry-on-dry using the same dark value.
Just a single change in painting elements affects a painting’s impact. In this, two were altered: color and value. Three pale, bright, primary hues in the sky contrast with the above-mentioned darkest value, and create this more dramatic scene. Try altering painting elements; it’s fun…